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Still Life (The Books of Elsewhere)

Review

Still Life (The Books of Elsewhere)

Readers looking for adventure, mystery, fantasy and sheer good storytelling will want to read STILL LIFE, the final installment of The Books of Elsewhere series.  In this atmospheric book, readers sense the danger lurking in shadows. Olive has the feeling that someone or something is watching her. When her class takes a field trip to the local art museum, Olive focuses on one picture in particular --- the artist once lived in her house. It seems like something inside the picture is moving, but she can’t catch it in the act. It’s funny, but it seems that something from the real world is trapped inside the picture.
 
STILL LIFE is like a firework finale. It’ll make you “Oh” and “Ah” as the writer increases the intensity of the book to its final crescendo.
 
She and her friend, Rutherford, wait until the museum closes to investigate. This picture doesn’t feel like the other pictures in Elsewhere. It bends when she touches it. When she enters the picture she crosses into a frozen world filled with dangers that she must survive.  She must conquer her fears, make hard decisions and learn revealing truths about Elsewhere and its characters. In uncovering the truths, she risks the very destruction of Elsewhere and those she holds dear.
 
STILL LIFE is like a firework finale. It’ll make you “Oh” and “Ah” as the writer increases the intensity of the book to its final crescendo.  Along Olive’s journey shocking truths that slowly emerge, and she puts her faith in people only to discover surprising revelations about them.
 
Fans of The Books of Elsewhere must read STILL LIFE as it’s the ultimate climax to the series. It gets to the heart of Elsewhere, and digs into the origins and Aldous McMartin’s character. There are twists and turns that will have readers guessing, and surprises are abundant.

Reviewed by Kathy Purcell on June 17, 2014

Still Life (The Books of Elsewhere)
by Jacqueline West

  • Publication Date: June 17, 2014
  • Genres: Children's, Fantasy
  • Hardcover: pages
  • Publisher: Dial
  • ISBN-10: 0803736916
  • ISBN-13: 9780803736917